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The Federal Advisory Committee Act ("FACA"), 5 U.S.C. App. 2, §§ 1-16, restricts the creation and use of advisory committees by federal agencies. An advisory committee is any committee or similar group, which does not consist solely of federal officers or employees, and which is established by statute, by the President, or by a federal agency to advise the President or a...

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In 1991, ACUS issued Recommendation 91-1, which provided guidance for all U.S. regulatory agencies on working with their international counterparts. In April 2011, ACUS co-sponsored a workshop with...

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Agencies conduct most rulemaking proceedings via the process of “notice and comment.”  Under this process, an agency publishes notice of a proposed rule in the Federal Register, gives the public a period of time in which to comment, and then issues a final rule after considering the comments received.  See 5 U.S.C. § 553. The Recommendation addresses various legal and practical issues...

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Background Information: Science plays a crucial role in the administrative process, but a role that has become controversial. Critics complain either that agencies overregulate because they give insufficient...